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Item - The Haunted House

Item-Level Details

Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Skylark 1 Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: La casa encantada (Catalan)
La casa encantada (Spanish)
Hayaletli ev (Turkish)
La maison hantée (French)
Os misterios da casa cinzenta (Portuguese)
User Summary: Your dog runs into a haunted house and you must find him.
Demian's Thoughts:

Being aimed at very young children, this book is an incredibly fast read and has almost no content at all. Consequently, it's not very interesting.

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waktool's Thoughts:

I read this book individually with my daughter (5) and son (7). My daughter chose it because it looked "spooky" and she likes that kind of thing.

This book is crazy/nuts; the story lines are so random, which I don't know was by design or not (refer to spoiler below). There are 18 endings in total and the two that we played through were so random and weird that I immediately wanted to play through all the others just to see if they had stranger outcomes. If the intent was to create a surreal haunted house experience, it is a success. If the intent was to create a "surreal" haunted house experience where anything goes, R. A. Montgomery definitely succeeded in doing so.

My kids really enjoyed the book. Each story line is really short so it only took about 10 minutes to read each time. They were really excited to go and tell mum what happened. They were also inspired to draw their own versions of the front cover.

Overall, I understand why it might not be enjoyable for an adult but my kids (who are the target audience), really enjoyed it and wanted to play it again.

*SPOILER*

My daughter went flying around with a ghost woman. She went exploring with a kid wearing a baseball glove and holding a Frisbee. She had a surprise birthday with all her friends, dog and mum and blew out the candles on the biggest chocolate birthday cake she'd ever seen.

My son heard a spooky voice coming from the cellar which he followed. He found a river running through the cellar with a boat that paddled itself. He also found a garden in the cellar and a bus that was shaped like a sausage which drove him back to his house.

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Errata:Some reissue editions list "12 endings" on the cover, but these printings include 18 endings just like every other version of the book.
Special Thanks:Thanks to Ken G. for the reissue cover scans.
Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes (yellow) (Yellow, 18 ending reissue w/o border), dave2002a, Demian (first reissue printing), duckhugger, Erikwinslow (Red cover), exaquint (1st yellow, 2nd yellow, red no price) (dragonlark 1st, dragonlark 8th), Ffghtermedic, Garrick Muttley, Gartax, Himynameistony, horrorbusiness, jharvey79, JoshW, katzcollection (original) (third printing with erroneous "12 endings" on cover), KenJenningsJeopardy74, killagirilla, kinderstef, knginatl (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue) (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue) (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue), marcfonline, marnaudo, mattender, nelsondesign, NEMO (Ex-Library copy,tape wraps around both covers covering them.), newt3425, Nomad, ntar (red and hardback red), Pseudo_Intellectual, RonaldFrobnitz, Ryuran333 (yellow), strawberry_brite, theyodaman (yellow "special"), twar, Uraniborg, waktool (Original, 4th printing (yellow, $1.75); Original, 6th printing (yellow, $1.95)) (Dragonlark, CN 2nd printing) (Junior, CN 1st printing), Yalius, YourSoundtrack, yunakitty
Users Who Want This Item: exaquint (yellow school edition, yellow book fair, yellow special, red w/price), NEMO (Any other), ntar (dragonlarks)
Users with Extra Copies: exaquint - 2nd yellow
Lambchop - Great shape pics available upon request
ntar - 2
strawberry_brite
twar

Australian edition

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure Junior no. 1
Item: The Haunted House
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrator: Newton, Keith
Number of Endings: 18

Dragonlarks edition, later printing



Dragonlarks edition, third printing

Original version, red cover edition

Original version, school edition


Series: Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers no. 2
Item: The Haunted House
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrator: Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don)
ISBN: 0553152076 / 9780553152074
Length: 56 pages
Number of Endings: 18

Original edition


Series: Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers no. 2
Item: The Haunted House
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrator: Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don)
Date: November, 1981
ISBN: 0553151193 / 9780553151190
Length: 56 pages
Number of Endings: 18

Dragonlarks edition, first printing



Series: Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks no. 1
Item: The Haunted House
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrator: Newton, Keith
Date: May, 2007
ISBN: 1933390514 / 9781933390512
Number of Endings: 18

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